Our pony mare is usually next to bottom of the pecking order, if you can call it that as she shares her paddock with a cow, two bucket reared calves and two pet sheep. Usually the order goes cow, calf one, calf two, sheep one, Rose, sheep two.
It's spring here in Australia so mares are coming into heat, but I've not had a lot to do with mares cycles so I need educating
Three days ago Rose turned her butt to me for the first time ever, id been talking to her over the fence and she very deliberately turned and swung her butt toward me and planted her feet so I got after her and made her yield her quarters then 'chased her' at walking speed down the paddock, just kept her moving and kept my body language very assertive, made her move around where I wanted her etc.
Yesterday she actually put her ears back at the two calves and stole their patch of grass and today she chased the two sheep around with her ears pinned and teeth at the ready. I caught her at it so I sent her off down the paddock much like i had the other day. Then she seemed to settle back down.
She's also been parading around the paddock with her tail raised.
I think she's on heat and that's the reason for this behavior. Hubby thinks she's just being a b##ch.
What else should I be doing, and have I reacted correctly to behavior so far? Is the first cycle of the season and better of worse that subsequent ones? Will she act out more? Any other advice?